Published on : Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Space tourism could soon turn into a reality, all thanks to billionaire Richard Branson who flew to the edge of space on Sunday, 11 July. This trip marked a turning point in the entrepreneur’s effort— to help create a space tourism industry.
However, despite this spectacle, while many folks cheered Mr. Branson for encouraging space tourism, many on Twitter responded with annoyance that not one but three billionaires – Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have managed to hoard enough wealth to start their own personal space programs.
With this development, it’s not unlikely that sometime in the next few years, rockets will carry paying passengers into space. Although it might sound exciting, it is, in reality a threat to our planet.
The hard truth is that space tourism comes at an alarming cost of our planet, is exclusionary and high risk.
In spite of a lot of excitement and speculations surrounding space tourism, the fact remains that it is not for the general public, but billionaires.
People like Elon Musk could easily pay for a trip outside the Earth and back to the planet, and while there is no doubt that space tourism will definitely grow once it begins, it is only limited to the wealthy.
Virgin Galactic, founded by Branson, charges £250,000 (INR 2.56 crores) for a 90-minute trip to orbital space. Axiom Space, a Houston-based company arranging training and all aspects of the flights, is charging as much as $55 million (INR 400 crores) for a week-long trip to the International Space Station, and SpaceShipTwo spaceplane with a waiting list of about 600 passengers is expected to offer one seat for $500,000 (INR 3.56 crore).
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